A good deed in­deed

Nor’Easter slams An­napo­lis Val­ley, Wind­sor boy helps out neigh­bours

Valley Journal Advertiser - - CLASSIFIEDS - BY COLIN CHISHOLM HANTSJOURNAL.CA Colin.chisholm@hantsjournal.ca

The heavy snow was per­haps a lit­tle later than ex­pected, but when it ar­rived, it didn’t hold back.

Thun­der could be heard rolling over­head as heavy snow and high winds pelted Wind­sor. Ac­cord­ing to Saltwire Net­work’s chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist Cindy Day, ‘thun­der­snow’ is fairly un­usual but hap­pens with snow fall­ing as the pri­mary pre­cip­i­ta­tion in­stead of rain. It typ­i­cally falls in an area with strong up­drafts on the colder side of an ex­tra­t­rop­i­cal cy­clone.

Those brave enough to drive did so cau­tiously and slowly, with many lo­cal busi­nesses shut­ting down and King’s Tran­sit pulling its buses off the roads early due to con­di­tions.

In the midst of the cas­cad­ing white­ness blan­ket­ing Wind­sor’s main thor­ough­fare, a pop of red and black and a shovel can be seen - mak­ing a small foothold in the slowly ris­ing piles of snow.

Twelve-year-old Ray­mond Hart had the day off school – all An­napo­lis Val­ley schools were closed March 22 due to the weather fore­cast - but he was keep­ing busy help­ing a neigh­bour­hood busi­ness keep their en­try­way clear.

He was re­turn­ing a favour from ear­lier.

“I saw Mr. Hop­per take a lad­der in­side, and he was hav­ing some trou­ble, so I held the door for him and he gave me some money,” Hart said. “So I just wanted to re­pay him for do­ing that for me.”

De­spite Hart’s in­ten­tion to pro­vide the good deed free of charge, the shop­keep paid him $8 for his ser­vices.

The storm is ex­pected to bring up to 15 to 20 cen­time­tres of snow over Hants and Kings coun­ties on March 22, turn­ing to rain and ice pel­lets later in the day.

“When I woke up, I was kind of dis­ap­pointed that there wasn’t any snow, be­cause nor­mally on a snow day there’s snow on the ground,” Hart said. “Now that there is snow, I’m glad there wasn’t any school.”

When he goes home, Hart said he plans to play with his new baby goats.

COLIN CHISHOLM

Ray­mond Hart, 12, shov­els the en­try­way in front of Hop­per’s Jewellers in Wind­sor, NS, dur­ing a Nor’Easter on March 22.

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